August 26, 2014

The 2014 ECHO Klassik Award winners revealed!

Philippe Jaroussky, Diana Damrau, Emmanuel Pahud among the artists honoured with the prestigious German prize.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 ECHO Klassik awards for excellence in classical music recording.

Emmanuel Pahud was named Flautist of the Year. Principal Flute with the Berlin Philharmonic since he was 22 years old, Pahud will release his latest album with Les Vents Français, "the wind-quintet equivalent of a supergroup", late October.

Diana Damrau took the coveted 'Klassik Without Limits' prize; her bold 2013 album Forever showed a different side of the coloratura soprano, exploring music from operetta and musicals; Die Fledermaus to The Phantom of the Opera.

English tenor Ian Bostridge, along with his companions guitarist Xuefei Yang and Antonio Pappano on piano, received the nod for Lied Recording of the Year with their searing centenary tribute to Benjamin Britten.

Philippe Jaroussky was just one of five superb countertenors in the lavish production of Vinci's revived Baroque opera Artaserse, the ECHO Klassik DVD of the Year. Jaroussky's new album Pietà, featuring Vivaldi's Stabat Mater, is slated for October release.

More award-winners to be announced soon.